Bulk Senna Leaf Powder

Senna alexandrina
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[ 2001 ]Senna alexandrina

Senna Leaf Powder

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Our source for senna leaf powder is Senna alexandrina, a species of desert plant native to the Mediterranean region that is also known as East Indian Senna, Egyptian Senna and Alexandrian Senna.

While the powdered leaf of the tree can be used to make teas and tinctures, it is more commonly encapsulated as a dietary supplement.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound24
active compoundsAnthraquinone glycosides (sennosides).
plant part usedleaf

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in a tightly-sealed container in a cool, dry cabinet or pantry.
appearance & aromaFine green powder with a mild, fresh aroma.


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culinaryEncapsulate as a dietary supplement.
safetyCheck with your doctor before using this herb if you take heart medications or anticoagulants. Do not use this herb in conjunction with licorice root or other diuretic drugs due to a risk of potassium depletion. Do not use during pregnancy or if you have Crohn’s disease, colitis or a history of peptic ulcers. This herb should not be given to young children or the elderly without medical supervision.

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Beyond preparing as tea, senna is not generally used for culinary purposes.

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There are roughly between 250 and 300 species of plants in the senna family, but S. alexandrina is attributed as the source of senna leaf and senna pods. With the exception of Europe, the plant thrives in the tropical and subtropical regions of every continent in the world. It is grown extensively as a commercial crop in southern Egypt and northern Sudan, where the herb is a significant source of income to farmers and distributors. The plant is harvested twice each year, dried in the sun and transported to ports along the Red Sea via camel caravans.

Senna contains senna glycosides, which are derivatives of an organic compound with known laxative properties called anthracenedione. These anthracene derivatives are collectively referred to as sennosides and further identified as sennosides A, A1, B, C and D.

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please be advised:  Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.

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